It has been a rough past couple of days for the Florida Gators football team and program with losing on Saturday to losing a commit on Sunday.

Like all things in life, things are never as bad as they seem and that was the case on Monday when defensive back Elijah Blades (6-2, 170, Pasadena, CA. John Muir) tweeted that he was still a Gator.

Blades explained why he tweeted “I’m still a Gator, y’all calm down.”

“Everything still good with Florida,” Blades said. “Everyone just thought I was going to decommit so I decided to send out the tweet to relax. I guess they were worried because of the decommitment from Fred [Hansard]. Fans said that he went back to be closer to home so fans think that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not doing that.”

The defensive back says that despite being a commit for months now, running backs coach Tim Skipper still treats him the same.

“I talk to Coach Skip and to Torrian Gray a lot,” he said. “Coach Skip always shows me love and we always talk. We really don’t even talk about football much anymore, we talk about school and family mostly.”

Skipper doesn’t beat around the bush when explaining how big of a need Blades is to the Gators class.

“He tells me that I can come in and start as a freshman,” Blades said. “He says that both of their corners Teez [Tabor] and Quincy [Wilson] are leaving so I can play early. He says I can compete for the starting job.”

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray has also explained how big of a need Blades is and what’s expected of him when he gets on campus.

“Coach Gray is just telling me that I can play anywhere

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